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  • Dell PowerEdge R530xdOwner's Manual

    Regulatory Model: E29S SeriesRegulatory Type: E29S002

  • Notes, cautions, and warningsNOTE: A NOTE indicates important information that helps you make better use of your computer.

    CAUTION: A CAUTION indicates either potential damage to hardware or loss of data and tells you how to avoid the problem.

    WARNING: A WARNING indicates a potential for property damage, personal injury, or death.

    Copyright 2015 Dell Inc. All rights reserved. This product is protected by U.S. and international copyright and intellectual property laws. Dell and the Dell logo are trademarks of Dell Inc. in the United States and/or other jurisdictions. All other marks and names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective companies.

    2015 - 05

    Rev. A00

  • Contents

    1 About your PowerEdge R530xd system........................................................... 8Front-panel features and indicators.....................................................................................................8

    Diagnostic indicators.............................................................................................................................9

    Hard-drive indicator patterns.............................................................................................................. 11

    iDRAC Direct LED indicator codes......................................................................................................12

    Back-panel features and indicators.................................................................................................... 13

    NIC indicator codes.............................................................................................................................16

    Power supply unit indicator codes..................................................................................................... 16

    Power indicator codes for AC and DC redundant power supply unit........................................ 16

    Documentation matrix........................................................................................................................ 19

    Quick Resource Locator (QRL)...........................................................................................................20

    2 Performing initial system configuration ........................................................21Setting up your system........................................................................................................................21

    Setting up and configuring the iDRAC IP address .............................................................................21

    Logging in to iDRAC............................................................................................................................22

    Methods of installing the operating system.......................................................................................22

    Managing your system remotely........................................................................................................ 22

    Downloading drivers and firmware.................................................................................................... 23

    3 Pre-operating system management applications........................................24Navigation keys................................................................................................................................... 24

    About System Setup............................................................................................................................25

    Entering system setup...................................................................................................................25

    System Setup Main Menu..............................................................................................................25

    System BIOS screen...................................................................................................................... 25

    System Information screen...........................................................................................................26

    Memory Settings screen................................................................................................................27

    Processor Settings screen.............................................................................................................27

    SATA Settings screen.....................................................................................................................29

    Boot Settings screen..................................................................................................................... 29

    Network Settings screen...............................................................................................................30

    Integrated Devices screen details.................................................................................................30

    Serial Communication screen...................................................................................................... 32

    System Profile Settings screen......................................................................................................33

    System Security Settings screen...................................................................................................34

    Miscellaneous Settings screen......................................................................................................35

    About Boot Manager...........................................................................................................................36

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  • Entering Boot Manager ................................................................................................................ 36

    Boot Manager main menu............................................................................................................ 36

    About Dell Lifecycle Controller.......................................................................................................... 37

    Changing the boot order.................................................................................................................... 37

    Choosing the system boot mode.......................................................................................................37

    Assigning a system and setup password............................................................................................38

    Using your system password to secure your system........................................................................ 39

    Deleting or changing an existing system password or setup password...........................................39

    Operating with a setup password enabled........................................................................................ 40

    Embedded system management....................................................................................................... 40

    iDRAC Settings utility.......................................................................................................................... 40

    Entering the iDRAC Settings utility............................................................................................... 40

    Changing the Thermal Settings.................................................................................................... 41

    4 Installing and removing system components...............................................42Safety instructions...............................................................................................................................42

    Before working inside your system.................................................................................................... 42

    After working inside your system....................................................................................................... 42

    Recommended tools.......................................................................................................................... 43

    Front bezel (optional)..........................................................................................................................43

    Removing the front bezel............................................................................................................. 43

    Installing the front bezel............................................................................................................... 44

    Removing and installing the system cover........................................................................................ 44

    Removing the system cover......................................................................................................... 45

    Installing the system cover........................................................................................................... 46

    Inside the system................................................................................................................................ 46

    Cooling shroud................................................................................................................................... 48

    Removing the cooling shroud......................................................................................................49

    Installing the cooling shroud........................................................................................................ 50

    Intrusion switch...................................................................................................................................50

    Removing the intrusion switch.....................................................................................................50

    Installing the intrusion switch........................................................................................................51

    System memory.................................................................................................................................. 52

    General memory module installation guidelines.........................................................................54

    Mode-specific guidelines..............................................................................................................54

    Sample memory configurations................................................................................................... 55

    Removing a memory module.......................................................................................................58

    Installing memory modules..........................................................................................................60

    Hard drives...........................................................................................................................................62

    Removing a hot-swappable hard drive carrier.............................................................................62

    Installing a hot-swap hard drive................................................................................................... 63

    Removing a 3.5 inch hard drive blank.......................................................................................... 64

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  • Installing a 3.5 inch hard drive blank............................................................................................ 65

    Removing a 2.5 inch hard drive from a 3.5 inch hard-drive adapter.......................................... 66

    Installing a 2.5 inch hard drive into a 3.5 inch hard-drive adapter..............................................66

    Removing a hard-drive adapter from a hard-drive carrier.......................................................... 67

    Installing a hard-drive adapter into a hard-drive carrier..............................................................67

    Removing a hard drive from a hard drive carrier.........................................................................68

    Installing a hard drive into a hard drive carrier.............................................................................69

    Removing the (optional) 2.5 inch internal hard drive carrier.......................................................69

    Installing the (optional) 2.5 inch internal hard drive carrier......................................................... 71

    Removing the (optional) 2.5 inch internal hard drive from the internal hard drive carrier.........72

    Installing the (optional) 2.5 inch internal hard drive into the internal hard drive carrier............ 73

    Removing the (optional) 2.5 inch internal hard drive cage..........................................................73

    Installing the (optional) 2.5 inch internal hard drive cage............................................................75

    Cooling fans........................................................................................................................................ 76

    Removing a cooling fan................................................................................................................ 76

    Installing a cooling fan.................................................................................................................. 77

    Internal USB memory key (optional).................................................................................................. 78

    Replacing the internal USB key.....................................................................................................78

    Expansion cards and expansion card riser (optional)........................................................................ 79

    Expansion card installation guidelines......................................................................................... 80

    Removing an expansion card from the system board................................................................. 81

    Installing an expansion card on the system board...................................................................... 83

    Removing the (optional) dual riser module..................................................................................83

    Installing the (optional) dual riser module................................................................................... 84

    Removing the internal PERC riser.................................................................................................85

    Installing the internal PERC riser.................................................................................................. 86

    Removing an expansion card from the internal PERC riser........................................................ 87

    Installing an expansion card into the internal PERC riser............................................................89

    Removing an expansion card from the dual riser module..........................................................89

    Installing an expansion card into the dual riser module..............................................................92

    iDRAC ports card (optional)................................................................................................................93

    Removing the iDRAC ports card...................................................................................................93

    Installing the iDRAC ports card.....................................................................................................95

    SD vFlash media card..........................................................................................................................95

    Replacing an SD vFlash media card..............................................................................................96

    Installing the SD vFlash card.........................................................................................................96

    Internal dual SD module..................................................................................................................... 97

    Removing an internal SD card...................................................................................................... 97

    Installing an internal SD card........................................................................................................98

    Removing the internal dual SD module ...................................................................................... 99

    Installing the internal dual SD module .......................................................................................101

    Processors and heat sinks.................................................................................................................102

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  • Removing a heat sink.................................................................................................................. 102

    Removing a processor................................................................................................................ 103

    Installing a processor.................................................................................................................. 107

    Installing a heat sink....................................................................................................................108

    Power supplies...................................................................................................................................110

    Hot Spare feature.........................................................................................................................110

    Removing the power supply unit blank...................................................................................... 110

    Installing the power supply unit blank.........................................................................................111

    Removing an AC power supply unit............................................................................................ 111

    Installing an AC power supply unit..............................................................................................112

    Wiring instructions for a DC power supply unit......................................................................... 113

    Removing a DC power supply unit............................................................................................. 116

    Installing a DC power supply unit................................................................................................117

    Power interposer board.....................................................................................................................117

    Removing the power interposer board.......................................................................................118

    Installing the power interposer board........................................................................................ 120

    System battery................................................................................................................................... 121

    Replacing the system battery...................................................................................................... 121

    Hard drive backplane........................................................................................................................ 122

    Removing the hard drive backplane........................................................................................... 122

    Installing the hard drive backplane.............................................................................................126

    Control panel and I/O module......................................................................................................... 127

    Removing the control panel .......................................................................................................127

    Installing the control panel ........................................................................................................ 128

    Removing the I/O panel .............................................................................................................129

    Installing the I/O panel ...............................................................................................................130

    System board..................................................................................................................................... 131

    Removing the system board........................................................................................................131

    Installing the system board......................................................................................................... 133

    Restoring the Service Tag using the Easy Restore feature........................................................ 135

    Entering the system Service Tag using System Setup................................................................135

    5 Troubleshooting your system........................................................................ 136Safety firstfor you and your system...............................................................................................136

    Troubleshooting system startup failure........................................................................................... 136

    Troubleshooting external connections............................................................................................136

    Troubleshooting the video subsystem.............................................................................................136

    Troubleshooting a USB device..........................................................................................................137

    Troubleshooting iDRAC Direct (USB XML configuration)................................................................137

    Troubleshooting iDRAC Direct (laptop connection)....................................................................... 138

    Troubleshooting a serial I/O device................................................................................................. 138

    Troubleshooting a NIC......................................................................................................................139

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  • Troubleshooting a wet system......................................................................................................... 139

    Troubleshooting a damaged system................................................................................................140

    Troubleshooting the system battery.................................................................................................141

    Troubleshooting power supply units................................................................................................141

    Troubleshooting power source problems........................................................................................141

    Power supply unit problems.............................................................................................................142

    Troubleshooting cooling problems..................................................................................................142

    Troubleshooting cooling fans.......................................................................................................... 143

    Troubleshooting system memory.................................................................................................... 143

    Troubleshooting an internal USB key...............................................................................................144

    Troubleshooting an SD card.............................................................................................................145

    Troubleshooting a hard drive........................................................................................................... 146

    Troubleshooting a storage controller.............................................................................................. 146

    Troubleshooting expansion cards.................................................................................................... 147

    Troubleshooting processors.............................................................................................................148

    System messages.............................................................................................................................. 148

    Warning messages...................................................................................................................... 148

    Diagnostic messages...................................................................................................................149

    Alert messages.............................................................................................................................149

    6 Using system diagnostics................................................................................150Dell embedded system diagnostics..................................................................................................150

    When to use the embedded system diagnostics.......................................................................150

    Running the Embedded System Diagnostics............................................................................. 150

    System diagnostics controls........................................................................................................151

    7 Jumpers and connectors.................................................................................152System board jumper settings.......................................................................................................... 152

    System board connectors.................................................................................................................153

    Disabling a forgotten password........................................................................................................154

    8 Technical specifications..................................................................................156

    9 Getting help.......................................................................................................162Contacting Dell................................................................................................................................. 162

    Locating your system Service Tag....................................................................................................162

    Quick Resource Locator (QRL).........................................................................................................162

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  • 1About your PowerEdge R530xd systemThe Dell PowerEdge R530xd is a rack server that supports up to two processors based on the Intel Xeon E5 2600 V3 product family, up to sixteen DIMMs, and up to fourteen drive bays for hard drives/SSDs.

    Front-panel features and indicators

    Figure 1. Front-panel features and indicators

    Item Indicator, Button, or Connector Icon Description

    1 Diagnostic indicators The diagnostic indicators light up to display error status.

    For more information, see Diagnostic indicators.

    2 System identification button The identification buttons on the front and back panels can be used to locate a particular system within a rack. When one of these buttons is pressed, the system status indicator on the back flashes until one of the buttons is pressed again.

    Press to toggle the system ID on and off.

    If the system stops responding during POST, press and hold the system ID button for more than five seconds to enter BIOS progress mode.

    To reset the iDRAC (if not disabled in F2 iDRAC setup) press and hold the button for more than 15 seconds.

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  • 3 Power-on indicator, power button

    The power-on indicator lights when the system power is on. The power button controls the power supply output to the system.

    NOTE: On ACPI-compliant operating systems, turning off the system using the power button causes the system to perform a graceful shutdown before power to the system is turned off.

    4 NMI button Used to troubleshoot software and device driver errors when running certain operating systems. This button can be pressed using the end of a paper clip.

    Use this button only if directed to do so by qualified support personnel or by the operating system's documentation.

    5 Information tag A slide-out label panel which allows you to record system information such as Service Tag, NIC, MAC address, and so on as per your need.

    6 Hard drives Up to twelve 3.5 inch or 2.5 inch (in a hybrid drive carrier) hot-swappable hard drives.

    7 USB management port/iDRAC Direct

    Enables you to connect USB devices to the system or provides access to the iDRAC Direct features. For more information, see the Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller Users Guide at dell.com/esmmanuals. The USB management port is USB 2.0-compliant.

    8 iDRAC Direct LED indicator The indicator lights up to display error status.

    9 Video connector Enables you to connect a display to the system.

    Diagnostic indicators

    The diagnostic indicators on the system front panel display error status during system startup.

    NOTE: No diagnostic indicators are lit when the system is switched off. To start the system, plug it into a working power source and press the power button.

    Icon Description

    Condition Corrective action

    Health indicator

    If the system is on, and in good health, the indicator lights solid blue.

    None required.

    The indicator blinks amber if the system

    See the System Event Log or system messages for the specific issue. For more information on error messages, see the Dell

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  • Icon Description

    Condition Corrective action

    is on or in standby, and if any error exists (for example, a failed fan or hard drive).

    Event and Error Messages Reference Guide at dell.com/esmmanuals.

    Invalid memory configurations can cause the system to halt at startup without any video output. See Getting help.

    Hard-drive indicator

    The indicator blinks amber if a hard drive experiences an error.

    See the System Event Log to determine the hard drive that has an error. Run the appropriate Online Diagnostics test. Restart system and run embedded diagnostics (ePSA). If the hard drives are configured in a RAID array, restart the system and enter the host adapter configuration utility program.

    Electrical indicator

    The indicator blinks amber if the system experiences an electrical error (for example, voltage out of range, or a failed power supply or voltage regulator).

    See the System Event Log or system messages for the specific issue. If it is due to a problem with the power supply, check the LED on the power supply. Re-seat the power supply by removing and reinstalling it. If the problem persists, see Getting help.

    Temperature indicator

    The indicator blinks amber if the system experiences a thermal error (for example, a temperature out of range or fan failure).

    Ensure that none of the following conditions exist:

    A cooling fan is removed or has failed.

    System cover, cooling shroud, EMI filler panel, memory-module blank, or back-filler bracket is removed.

    Ambient temperature is too high.

    External airflow is obstructed.

    See Getting help.

    Memory indicator

    The indicator blinks amber if a memory error occurs.

    See the system event log or system messages for the location of the failed memory. Reinstall the memory device. If the problem persists, see Getting help.

    PCIe indicator

    The indicator blinks amber if a PCIe card experiences an error.

    Restart the system. Update any required drivers for the PCIe card. Re-install the card. If the problem persists, see Getting help.

    NOTE: For more information on supported PCIe cards, see . .

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  • Hard-drive indicator patterns

    Figure 2. Hard-drive indicators

    1. hard-drive activity indicator 2. hard-drive status indicator

    3. hard drive

    NOTE: If the hard drive is in Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) mode, the status indicator (on the right side) does not function and remains OFF.

    Drive-status indicator pattern (RAID only)

    Condition

    Blinks green two times per second

    Identifying the drive or preparing for removal.

    OFF Drive ready for insertion or removal.

    NOTE: The drive status indicator remains OFF until all hard drives are initialized after the system is turned on. Drives are not ready for insertion or removal during this time.

    Blinks green, amber, and OFF

    Predicted drive failure

    Blinks amber four times per second

    Drive failed

    Blinks green slowly Drive rebuilding

    Steady green Drive online

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  • Drive-status indicator pattern (RAID only)

    Condition

    Blinks green three seconds, amber three seconds, and OFF six seconds

    Rebuild aborted

    iDRAC Direct LED indicator codes

    NOTE: The iDRAC Direct LED indicator does not light up for the USB mode.

    Figure 3. iDRAC Direct LED indicator

    1. iDRAC Direct status indicator

    The table below displays iDRAC Direct activity when configuring iDRAC Direct by using the management port (USB XML Import).

    Convention iDRAC Direct LED indicator pattern

    Condition

    A Green Lights green for a minimum of 2 seconds at the beginning and end of a file transfer.

    B Flashing green Indicates file transfer or any operation tasks.

    C Green and turns off

    Indicates that the file transfer is complete.

    D Not lit Indicates that the USB is ready to be removed or that a task is complete.

    The table below displays iDRAC Direct activity when configuring iDRAC Direct using your laptop and cable (Laptop Connect).

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  • iDRAC Direct LED indicator pattern

    Condition

    Solid green for two seconds

    Indicates that the laptop is connected.

    Flashing green (on for two seconds and off for two seconds)

    Indicates that the laptop connected is recognized.

    Turns off Indicates that the laptop is unplugged.

    Back-panel features and indicators

    Figure 4. Back-panel features and indicators without dual riser module

    Item Indicator, button, or connector

    Icon Description

    1 Serial connector Enables you to connects a serial device to the system.

    2 vFlash media card slot (Optional)

    Enables you to insert a vFlash media card.

    3 iDRAC port (Optional) Dedicated management port for the iDRAC Ports Card.

    4 PCIe expansion card retainer

    PCIe card lock

    5 Redundant Power Supply Unit (2)

    AC 495 W EPP, 750 W EPP, or 1100 W EPP

    Or

    DC 750 W

    6 Half Height PCIe expansion card slots (3)

    Enables you to connect PCIe expansion cards.

    7 Ethernet connectors (2) Integrated 10/100/1000 Mbps NIC connector

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  • Item Indicator, button, or connector

    Icon Description

    8 System identification connector

    Enables you to connect the optional system status indicator assembly through the optional cable management arm.

    9 System identification button

    The identification buttons on the front and back panels can be used to locate a particular system within a rack. When one of these buttons is pushed, the LCD panel on the front and the system status indicator on the back blink until one of the buttons is pushed again.

    Press to toggle the system ID on and off. If the system hangs during POST, press and hold the system ID button for more than five seconds to enter BIOS progress mode.

    To reset the iDRAC (if not disabled in System Setup) press and hold the System Identification button for more than 15 seconds.

    10 USB connector Connects USB devices to the system. This port is USB 3.0-compliant.

    11 USB connector Connects USB devices to the system. This port is USB 2.0-compliant.

    12 Video connector Connects a VGA display to the system.

    Figure 5. Back-panel features and indicators with dual riser module

    Item Indicator, button, or connector

    Icon Description

    1 Serial connector Connects a serial device to the system.

    2 vFlash media card slot (Optional)

    Enables you to insert a vFlash media card.

    3 iDRAC port (Optional) Dedicated management port for the iDRAC Ports Card.

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  • Item Indicator, button, or connector

    Icon Description

    4 Full height, full length PCIe Expansion card slot (1)

    Enables you to connect a full height, full length PCIe expansion card.

    5 Redundant Power Supply Unit (2)

    AC 495 W EPP, 750 W EPP or 1100 W EPP

    Or

    DC 750 W

    6 Half Height PCIe Expansion card slots (3)

    Enables you to connect PCIe expansion cards.

    7 Ethernet connectors (2) Integrated 10/100/1000 Mbps NIC connector

    8 System identification connector

    Connects the optional system status indicator assembly through the optional cable management arm.

    9 System identification button

    The identification buttons on the front and back panels can be used to locate a particular system within a rack. When one of these buttons is pushed, the LCD panel on the front and the system status indicator on the back blink until one of the buttons is pushed again.

    Press to toggle the system ID on and off. If the system hangs during POST, press and hold the system ID button for more than five seconds to enter BIOS progress mode.

    To reset the iDRAC (if not disabled in System Setup) press and hold for more than 15 seconds.

    10 USB connector Connects USB devices to the system. This port is USB 3.0-compliant.

    11 USB connector Connects USB devices to the system. This port is USB 2.0-compliant.

    12 Video connector Connects a VGA display to the system.

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  • NIC indicator codes

    Figure 6. NIC indicators

    1. link indicator 2. activity indicator

    Convention Indicator pattern Description

    A Link and activity indicators are OFF

    The NIC is not connected to the network.

    B Link indicator is green The NIC is connected to a valid network at its maximum port speed (1 Gbps).

    C Link indicator is yellow The NIC is connected to a valid network at less than its maximum port speed.

    D Activity indicator is blinking green

    Network data is being sent or received.

    Power supply unit indicator codes

    Power indicator codes for AC and DC redundant power supply unit

    Each AC power supply unit (PSU) has an illuminated translucent handle and each DC PSU (when available) has an LED that serves as an indicator to show whether power is present or a power fault has occurred.

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  • Figure 7. AC power supply unit status indicator

    Convention Power indicator pattern

    Condition

    A Green The handle indicator lights green indicating that a valid power source is connected to the PSU and that the PSU is operational.

    B Flashing green When updating the firmware of , the PSU handle flashes green.

    CAUTION:

    Do not disconnect the power cord or unplug the PSU when updating firmware. If firmware update is interrupted, the PSUs will not function. You must roll back the power supply firmware by using Life cycle controller. See Dell Lifecycle Controller Users Guide at dell.com/esmmanuals

    C Flashes green and turns off

    When hot-adding a PSU, the handle of the new power supply unit flashes green five times at 4 Hz rate and turns off. This indicates that the new PSU is mismatched with the PSU that is installed (in terms of efficiency, feature set, health status, and supported voltage). Use a PSU that matches the capacity of the PSU that is installed.

    NOTE: For AC power supplies, use only PSUs with the Extended Power Performance (EPP) label on the back. Mixing PSUs from previous generations of servers can result in a PSU mismatch condition or failure to power on.

    D Flashing amber Indicates a problem with the power supply unit.

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  • Convention Power indicator pattern

    Condition

    CAUTION: When correcting a PSU mismatch, replace only the PSU with the flashing indicator. Swapping the opposite power supply unit to make a matched pair can result in an error condition and unexpected system shutdown. To change from a High Output configuration to a Low Output configuration or vice versa, you must power down the system.

    CAUTION: AC power supplies support both 220 V and 110 V input voltages with the exception of Titanium power supplies, which support only 220 V. When two identical power supplies receive different input voltages, they can output different wattages, and trigger a mismatch.

    CAUTION: If two power supplies are used, they must be of the same type and have the same maximum output power.

    CAUTION: Combining AC and DC power supplies is not supported and triggers a mismatch.

    E Not lit Power is not connected.

    Figure 8. DC power supply unit status indicator

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  • Convention Power indicator pattern

    Condition

    A Green The handle/LED indicator lights green indicating that a valid power source is connected to the PSU and that the PSU is operational.

    B Flashing green When hot-adding a PSU, the handle of the new power supply unit flashes green five times at 4 Hz rate and turns off. This indicates that the new PSU is mismatched with the PSU that is installed (in terms of efficiency, feature set, health status, and supported voltage). Use a PSU that matches the capacity of the PSU that is installed.

    C Flashing amber Indicates a problem with the PSU.

    CAUTION: When correcting a PSU mismatch, replace only the PSU with the flashing indicator. Swapping the opposite PSU to make a matched pair can result in an error condition and unexpected system shutdown. To change from a High Output configuration to a Low Output configuration or vice versa, you must power down the system.

    CAUTION: If two power supplies are used, they must be of the same type and have the same maximum output power.

    CAUTION: Combining AC and DC power supplies is not supported and triggers a mismatch.

    D Not lit Power is not connected.

    Documentation matrixThe documentation matrix provides information on documents that you can refer to for setting up and managing your system.

    To... Refer to...

    Install your system into a rack Rack documentation included with your rack solution

    Set up your system and know the system technical specifications

    Getting Started With Your System that shipped with your system or see dell.com/poweredgemanuals

    Install the operating system Operating system documentation at dell.com/operatingsystemmanuals

    Get an overview of the Dell Systems Management offerings

    Dell OpenManage Systems Management Overview Guide at dell.com/openmanagemanuals

    Configure and log in to iDRAC, set up managed and management system, know the iDRAC features and troubleshoot using iDRAC

    Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller User's Guide at dell.com/esmmanuals

    Know about the RACADM subcommands and supported RACADM interfaces

    RACADM Command Line Reference Guide for iDRAC and CMC at dell.com/esmmanuals

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  • To... Refer to...

    Launch, enable and disable Lifecycle Controller, know the features, use and troubleshoot Lifecycle Controller

    Dell Lifecycle Controller Users Guide at dell.com/esmmanuals

    Use Lifecycle Controller Remote Services Dell Lifecycle Controller Remote Services Quick Start Guide at dell.com/esmmanuals

    Set up, use, and troubleshoot OpenManage Server Administrator

    Dell OpenManage Server Administrator Users Guide at dell.com/openmanagemanuals

    Install, use and troubleshoot OpenManage Essentials

    Dell OpenManage Essentials Users Guide at dell.com/openmanagemanuals

    Know the features of the storage controller cards, deploy the cards, and manage the storage subsystem

    Storage controller documentation at dell.com/storagecontrollermanuals

    Check the event and error messages generated by the system firmware and agents that monitor system components

    Dell Event and Error Messages Reference Guide at dell.com/esmmanuals

    Quick Resource Locator (QRL)

    Use the Quick Resource Locator (QRL) to get immediate access to system information and how-to videos. This can be done by visiting www.dell.com/QRL or by using your smartphone or tablet and a model specific Quick Resource (QR) code located on your Dell PowerEdge system. To try out the QR code, scan the following image.

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  • 2Performing initial system configuration After you receive your system, you must set up your system, install the operating system if it is not pre-installed, and set up and configure the system iDRAC IP address.

    Setting up your system1. Unpack the system.

    2. Install the system into the rack. For more information on installing the system into the rack, see your system Rack Installation Placemat at dell.com/poweredgemanuals.

    3. Connect the peripherals to the system.

    4. Connect the system to its electrical outlet.

    5. Turn the system on by pressing the power button or using iDRAC.

    6. Turn on the attached peripherals.

    Setting up and configuring the iDRAC IP address

    You can set up the Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) IP address by using one of the following interfaces:

    iDRAC Settings utility

    Lifecycle Controller

    Dell OpenManage Deployment Toolkit

    Server LCD panel

    You can use the default iDRAC IP address 192.168.0.120 to configure the initial network settings, including setting up DHCP or a static IP for iDRAC.

    You can configure iDRAC IP address by using the following interfaces:

    NOTE: Make sure that you change the default user name and password after setting up the iDRAC IP address.

    iDRAC Web interface. For more information, see the Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller User's Guide.

    Remote Access Controller ADMin (RACADM). For more information, see the RACADM Command Line Interface Reference Guide and the Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller User's Guide.

    Remote Services that includes Web Services Management (WS-Man). For more information, see the Lifecycle Controller Remote Services Quick Start Guide.

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  • For more information on setting up and configuring iDRAC, see the Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller User's Guide at Dell.com/esmmanuals.

    Logging in to iDRAC

    You can log in to iDRAC as an iDRAC local user, a Microsoft Active Directory user, or a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) user. You can also log in by using Single Sign-On or a Smart Card. The default user name is root and password is calvin. For more information on logging in to iDRAC and iDRAC licenses, see the Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller User's Guide at Dell.com/esmmanuals.

    You can also access iDRAC using RACADM. For more information, see the RACADM Command Line Interface Reference Guide and the Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller User's Guide available at Dell.com/esmmanuals.

    Methods of installing the operating system

    If the system is shipped without an operating system, install the supported operating system on the system by using one of the following methods:

    Dell Systems Management Tools and Documentation media. See the operating system documentation at Dell.com/operatingsystemmanuals.

    Dell Lifecycle Controller. See the Lifecycle Controller documentation at Dell.com/esmmanuals.

    Dell OpenManage Deployment Toolkit. See the OpenManage documentation at Dell.com/openmanagemanuals.

    For information on the list of operating systems supported on your system, see the operating systems support matrix at Dell.com/ossupport.

    Managing your system remotely

    To perform out-of-band systems management using iDRAC, you must configure iDRAC for remote accessibility, set up the management station and managed system, and configure the supported Web browsers. For more information, see the Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller Users Guide at Dell.com/esmmanuals.

    You can also remotely monitor and manage the server by using the Dell OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA) software and OpenManage Essentials (OME) systems management console. For more information, see Dell.com/openmanagemanuals.

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  • Downloading drivers and firmwareIt is recommended that you download and install the latest BIOS, drivers, and systems management firmware on your system.

    Prerequisites

    Ensure that you clear the web browser cache.

    Steps

    1. Go to Dell.com/support/drivers.

    2. In the Product Selection section, enter the Service Tag of your system in the Service Tag or Express Service Code field.

    NOTE: If you do not have the Service Tag, select Automatically detect my Service Tag for me to allow the system to automatically detect your Service Tag, or select Choose from a list of all Dell products to select your product from the Product Selection page.

    3. Click Get drivers and downloads.

    The drivers that are applicable to your selection are displayed.

    4. Download the drivers you require to a diskette drive, USB drive, CD, or DVD.

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  • 3Pre-operating system management applicationsThe pre-operating system management applications for your system help you manage different settings and features without booting to the operating system.

    Your system has the following pre-operating system management applications:

    System Setup

    Boot Manager

    Dell Lifecycle Controller

    Navigation keysThe navigation keys can help you quickly access the pre-operating system management applications.

    Key Description

    Moves to the previous screen.

    Moves to the next screen.

    Up arrow Moves to the previous field.

    Down arrow

    Moves to the next field.

    Enables you to type a value in the selected field (if applicable) or follow the link in the field.

    Spacebar Expands or collapses a drop-down list, if applicable.

    Moves to the next focus area.

    NOTE: This feature is applicable for the standard graphic browser only.

    Moves to the previous page until you view the main screen. Pressing in the main screen exits System BIOS or iDRAC Settings/ Device Settings/Service Tag Settings and proceeds with system boot.

    Displays the System Setup help.

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  • About System SetupUsing System Setup, you can configure the BIOS settings, iDRAC settings, and device settings of your system.

    You can access System Setup in two ways:

    Standard Graphical Browser This is enabled by default.

    Text Browser This is enabled by using Console Redirection.

    NOTE: By default, help text for the selected field is displayed in the graphical browser. To view the help text in the text browser, press .

    Entering system setup

    1. Turn on, or restart your system.

    2. Press immediately after you see the following message:

    = System Setup

    If your operating system begins to load before you press , wait for the system to finish booting, and then restart your system and try again.

    System Setup Main Menu

    Option Description

    System BIOS Enables you to configure BIOS settings.

    iDRAC Settings Enables you to configure iDRAC settings.

    The iDRAC Settings utility is an interface to set up and configure the iDRAC parameters by using UEFI. You can enable or disable various iDRAC parameters by using the iDRAC Settings utility. For more information about this utility, see the Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller Users Guide at Dell.com/esmmanuals.

    Device Settings Enables you to configure device settings.

    System BIOS screen

    By using the System BIOS screen, you can view the BIOS settings as well as edit specific functions such as Boot Order, System Password, Setup Password, and enabling or disabling USB ports.To view the System BIOS screen click System BIOS on the System Setup Main Menu.

    The System BIOS screen details are explained as follows:

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  • Menu Item Description

    System Information Displays information about the system such as the system model name, BIOS version and Service Tag.

    Memory Settings Displays information and options related to the installed memory.

    Processor Settings Displays information and options related to the processor such as speed, cache size.

    SATA Settings Displays options to enable or disable the integrated SATA controller and ports.

    Boot Settings Displays options to specify the boot mode (BIOS or UEFI). Enables you to modify UEFI and BIOS boot settings.

    Network Settings Displays options to change the network settings.

    Integrated Devices Displays options to enable or disable integrated device controllers and ports and specify related features and options.

    Serial Communication Displays options to enable or disable the serial ports and specify related features and options.

    System Profile Settings Displays options to change the processor power management settings, memory frequency, and so on.

    System Security Displays options to configure the system security settings such as, system password, setup password. It also enables or disables support for the power and NMI buttons on the system.

    Miscellaneous Settings Displays options to change the system date, time, and so on.

    System Information screen

    You can use the System Information screen to view system properties such as Service Tag, system model, and the BIOS version.To view the System Information screen, click System Setup Main Menu System BIOS System Information.

    The System Information screen details are explained as follows:

    Menu Item Description

    System Model Name Displays the system model name.

    System BIOS Version Displays the BIOS version installed on the system.

    System Management Engine Version

    Displays the current version of the Management Engine firmware.

    System Service Tag Displays the system service tag.

    System Manufacturer Displays the name of the system manufacturer.

    System Manufacturer Contact Information

    Displays the contact information of the system manufacturer.

    System CPLD Version Displays the current version of the system complex programmable logic device (CPLD) firmware.

    UEFI Compliance Version Displays the UEFI compliance level of the system firmware.

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  • Memory Settings screen

    You can use the Memory Settings screen to view all the memory settings as well as enable or disable specific memory functions such as system memory testing and node interleaving.To view theMemory Setting screen, click System Setup Main Menu System BIOS Memory Settings.

    Menu Item Description

    System Memory Size Displays the amount of memory installed in the system.

    System Memory Type Displays the type of memory installed in the system.

    System Memory Speed Displays the system memory speed.

    System Memory Voltage Displays the system memory voltage.

    Video Memory Displays the amount of video memory utilized.

    System Memory Testing Specifies whether system memory tests are run during system boot. Options are Enabled and Disabled. By default, the System Memory Testing option is set to Disabled.

    Memory Operating Mode Specifies the memory operating mode. The options available are Optimizer Mode, Advanced ECC Mode, Mirror Mode, Spare Mode, and Spare with Advanced ECC Mode. By default, the Memory Operating Mode option is set to Optimizer Mode.

    NOTE: The Memory Operating Mode can have different defaults and available options based on the memory configuration of your system.

    Node Interleaving Specifies if Non-Uniform Memory architecture (NUMA) is supported. If this field is Enabled, memory interleaving is supported if a symmetric memory configuration is installed. If Disabled, the system supports NUMA (asymmetric) memory configurations. By default, Node Interleaving option is set to Disabled.

    Snoop Mode Specifies the Snoop Mode options. Snoop Mode options available are Home Snoop, Early Snoop, and Cluster on Die. By default, the Snoop Mode option is set to Early Snoop.

    Processor Settings screen

    You can use the Processor Settings screen to view the processor settings and perform specific functions such as enabling virtualization technology, hardware prefetcher, and logical processor idling.To view the Processor Settings screen, click System Setup Main Menu System BIOS Processor Settings.

    Menu Item Description

    Logical Processor Enables or disables the logical processors and displays the number of logical processors. If the Logical Processor option is set to Enabled, the BIOS displays all the logical processors. If this option is set to Disabled, the BIOS displays only one logical processor per core. By default, the Logical Processor option is set to Enabled.

    Alternate RTID (Requestor Transaction ID) Setting

    Enables you to allocate more RTIDs to the remote socket, thereby increasing cache performance between the sockets or easing work in

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    normal mode for NUMA. By default, the Alternate RTID (Requestor Transaction ID) Setting is set to Disabled.

    Virtualization Technology Enables or disables the additional hardware capabilities provided for virtualization. By default, the Virtualization Technology option is set to Enabled.

    Address Translation Service (ATS)

    Defines the Address Translation Cache (ATC) for devices to cache the DMA transactions. This field provides an interface to a chipset's Address Translation and Protection Table to translate DMA addresses to host addresses. By default, the option is set to Enabled.

    Adjacent Cache Line Prefetch

    Optimizes the system for applications that require high utilization of sequential memory access. By default, the Adjacent Cache Line Prefetch option is set to Enabled. You can disable this option for applications that require high utilization of random memory access.

    Hardware Prefetcher Enables or disables the hardware prefetcher. By default, the Hardware Prefetcher option is set to Enabled.

    DCU Streamer Prefetcher Allows you to enable or disable the Data Cache Unit (DCU) streamer prefetcher. By default, the DCU Streamer Prefetcher option is set to Enabled.

    DCU IP Prefetcher Enables or disables the Data Cache Unit (DCU) IP prefetcher. By default, the DCU IP Prefetcher option is set to Enabled.

    Logical Processor Idling Enables or disables the operating system capability to put logical processors in the idling state in order to reduce power consumption. By default, the option is set to Disabled.

    Configurable TDP Allows reconfiguration of Thermal Design Power (TDP) to lower levels.

    TDP refers to the maximum amount of power the cooling system is required to dissipate.

    X2Apic Mode Enables or disables the X2Apic mode.

    Number of Cores per Processor

    Controls the number of enabled cores in each processor. By default, the Number of Cores per Processor option is set to All.

    Processor 64-bit Support Specifies if the processor(s) support 64-bit extensions.

    Processor Core Speed Displays the maximum core frequency of the processor.

    Processor Bus Speed Displays the bus speed of the processor.

    NOTE: The processor bus speed option displays only when both processors are installed.

    Processor 1 NOTE: Depending on the number of installed CPUs, there may be up to two processor listings. The following settings are displayed for each processor installed in the system.

    Family-Model-Stepping Displays the family, model and stepping of the processor as defined by Intel.

    Brand Displays the brand name reported by the processor.

    Level 2 Cache Displays the total L2 cache.

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    Level 3 Cache Displays the total L3 cache.

    Number of Cores Displays the number of cores per processor.

    SATA Settings screen

    You can use the SATA Settings screen to view the SATA settings of SATA devices on your system.To view the SATA Settings screen click System Setup Main Menu System BIOS SATA Settings.

    Menu Item Description

    Embedded SATA Enables the embedded SATA to be set to Off, ATA, AHCImodes. By default, the Embedded SATA option is set to AHCI.

    Security Freeze Lock Sends Security Freeze Lock command to the Embedded SATA drives during POST. This option is applicable only to ATA and AHCI mode.

    Write Cache Enables or disables the command for Embedded SATA drives during POST.

    Port A Sets the drive type of the selected device. For Embedded SATA settings in ATA mode, set this field to Auto to enable BIOS support. Set it to OFF to turn off BIOS support.

    For AHCI mode BIOS always enables support.

    Model Displays the drive model of the selected device.

    Drive Type Displays the type of drive attached to the SATA port.

    Capacity Displays the total capacity of the hard drive. The field is undefined for removable media devices such as optical drives.

    Port B Sets the drive type of the selected device. For Embedded SATA settings in ATA mode, set this field to Auto to enable BIOS support. Set it to OFF to turn off BIOS support.

    For AHCI mode BIOS always enables support.

    Model Displays the drive model of the selected device.

    Drive Type Displays the type of drive attached to the SATA port.

    Capacity Displays the total capacity of the hard drive. The field is undefined for removable media devices such as optical drives.

    Boot Settings screen

    You can use the Boot Settings screen to set the Boot mode to either BIOS or UEFI. It also enables you to specify the boot order.To view the Boot Settings screen, click System Setup Main Menu System BIOS Boot Settings.The Boot Settings screen details are explained as follows:

    Menu Item Description

    Boot Mode Enables you to set the boot mode of the system.

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    CAUTION: Switching the boot mode may prevent the system from booting if the operating system is not installed in the same boot mode.

    NOTE: Setting this field to UEFI disables the BIOS Boot Settings menu. Setting this field to BIOS disables the UEFI Boot Settings menu.

    If the operating system supports UEFI, you can set this option to UEFI. Setting this field to BIOS allows compatibility with non-UEFI operating systems. By default, the Boot Mode option is set to BIOS.

    Boot Sequence Retry Enables or disables the Boot Sequence Retry feature. If this field is enabled and the system fails to boot, the system reattempts the boot sequence after 30 seconds. By default, the Boot Sequence Retry option is set to Enabled.

    Hard-Disk Failover Specifies the devices in the Hard-Disk Drive Sequence that are attempted in the boot sequence. When this option is set to Disabled, only the first hard disk device in the list is attempted to boot. When set to Enabled, all hard disk devices are attempted to boot, as listed in the Hard-Disk Drive Sequence. This option is not enabled for UEFI Boot Mode.

    Boot Option Settings Configures the boot sequence and the boot devices.

    Network Settings screen

    You can use the Network Settings screen to modify PXE device settings. Network Settings are only available in UEFI boot mode. BIOS does not control network settings in the BIOS boot mode. For BIOS boot mode, the network settings are handled by the network controllers option ROM.To view the Network Settings screen, click System Setup Main Menu System BIOS Network Settings.

    Menu Item Description

    PXE Device n (n = 1 to 2) Enables or disables the device. When enabled, a UEFI boot option is created for the device.

    PXE Device n Settings (n = 1 to 2)

    Allows you to control the configuration of the PXE device.

    Integrated Devices screen details

    The Integrated Devices screen allows you to view and configure the settings of all integrated devices including the video controllerand the USB ports.In the System Setup Main Menu, click System BIOS Integrated Devices.

    Menu Item Description

    USB 3.0 Setting Allows you to enable or disable the USB 3.0 support. Enable this option only if your operating system supports USB 3.0. Disabling this allows devices to operate at USB 2.0 speed. USB 3.0 is disabled by default.

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  • User Accessible USB Ports Allows you to enable or disable the USB ports. Selecting Only Back Ports On disables the front USB ports and selecting All Ports Off disables all USB ports. The USB keyboard and mouse operates during boot process in certain operating systems. After the boot process is complete, the USB keyboard and mouse do not work if the ports are disabled.

    NOTE: Selecting Only Back Ports On and All Ports Off will disable the USB management port and also restrict access to iDRAC features.

    Internal USB Port Allows you to enable or disable the internal USB port. By default, the Internal USB Port option is set to Enabled.

    Embedded NIC1 and NIC2 Allows you to enable or disable the Embedded NIC1 and NIC2. If set to Disabled, the NIC may still be available for shared network access by the embedded management controller. Configure this function using the NIC management utilities of the system.

    I/OAT DMA Engine Allows you to enable or disable the I/OAT option. Enable only if the hardware and software supports the feature.

    Embedded Video Controller Allows you to enable or disable the Embedded Video Controller. By default, the embedded video controller is Enabled. If the Embedded Video Controller is the only display capability in the system (that is, no add-in graphics card is installed), then the Embedded Video Controller is automatically used as the primary display even if the Embedded Video Controller setting is Disabled.

    Current State of Embedded Video Controller Displays the current state of the Embedded Video Controller. Current State of Embedded Video Controller is a read only field, indicating the current state for the Embedded Video Controller.

    SR-IOV Global Enable Allows you to enable or disable the BIOS configuration of Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV) devices. By default, the SR-IOV Global Enable option is set to Disabled.

    OS Watchdog Timer If your system stops responding, this watchdog timer aids in the recovery of your operating system. When this field is set to Enabled, the operating system is allowed to initialize the timer. When is the field is set to Disabled (the default), the timer will have no effect on the system.

    Memory Mapped I/O above 4 GB Allows you to enable support for PCIe devices that require large amounts of memory. By default, the option is set to Enabled.

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  • Slot Disablement Allows you to enable or disable the available PCIe slots on your system. The Slot Disablement feature controls the configuration of PCIe cards installed in the specified slot. Slot disablement must be used only when the installed peripheral card is preventing booting into the operating system or causing delays in system startup. If the slot is disabled, both the Option ROM and UEFI driver are disabled.

    Serial Communication screen

    You can use the Serial Communication screen to view the properties of the serial communication port.To view the Serial Communication screen, click System Setup Main Menu System BIOS Serial Communication. The Serial Communication screen details are explained as follows:

    Menu Item Description

    Serial Communication Selects serial communication devices (Serial Device 1 and Serial Device 2) in BIOS. BIOS console redirection can also be enabled and the port address can be specified. By default, the Serial Communication option is set to Auto.

    Serial Port Address Enables you to set the port address for serial devices. By default, the Serial Port Address option is set to Serial Device 1=COM2, Serial Device 2=COM1.

    NOTE: You can use only Serial Device 2 for the Serial Over LAN (SOL) feature. To use console redirection by SOL, configure the same port address for console redirection and the serial device.

    NOTE: Every time the system boots, the BIOS syncs the serial MUX setting saved in iDRAC. The serial MUX setting can independently be changed in iDRAC. Therefore, loading the BIOS default settings from within the BIOS setup utility may not always revert the serial MUX setting to the default setting of Serial Device 1.

    External Serial Connector Enables you to associate the External Serial Connector to Serial Device 1, Serial Device 2, or the Remote Access Device by using this field.

    NOTE: Only Serial Device 2 can be used for Serial Over LAN (SOL). To use console redirection by SOL, configure the same port address for console redirection and the serial device.

    NOTE: Every time the system boots, the BIOS syncs the serial MUX setting saved in iDRAC. The serial MUX setting can independently be changed in iDRAC. Therefore, loading the BIOS default settings from within the BIOS setup utility may not always revert this setting to the default setting of Serial Device 1.

    Failsafe Baud Rate Displays the failsafe baud rate for console redirection. The BIOS attempts to determine the baud rate automatically. This failsafe baud rate is used only if the attempt fails, and the value must not be changed. By default, the Failsafe Baud Rate option is set to 115200.

    Remote Terminal Type Sets the remote console terminal type. By default, the Remote Terminal Type option is set to VT 100/VT 220.

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    Redirection After Boot Enables or disables the BIOS console redirection when the operating system is loaded. By default, the Redirection After Boot option is set to Enabled.

    System Profile Settings screen

    You can use the System Profile Settings screen to enable specific system performance settings such as power management.To view the System Profile Settings screen, click System Setup Main Menu System BIOS System Profile Settings. The System Profile Settings screen details are explained as follows:

    Menu Item Description

    System Profile Sets the system profile. If you set the System Profile option to a mode other than Custom, the BIOS automatically sets the rest of the options. You can only change the rest of the options if the mode is set to Custom. By default, the System Profile option is set to Performance Per Watt Optimized (DAPC). DAPC is Dell Active Power Controller.

    NOTE: The following parameters are available only when the System Profile option is set to Custom.

    CPU Power Management Sets the CPU power management. By default, the CPU Power Management option is set to System DBPM (DAPC). DBPM is Demand-Based Power Management.

    Memory Frequency Sets the speed of the system memory. You can select Maximum Performance, Maximum Reliability, or a specific speed.

    Turbo Boost Enables or disables the processor to operate in turbo boost mode. By default, the Turbo Boost option is set to Enabled.

    Energy Efficient Turbo Enables or disables the Energy Efficient Turbo.

    Energy Efficient Turbo (EET) is a mode of operation where a processors core frequency is adjusted within the turbo range based on workload.

    C1E Enables or disables the processor to switch to a minimum performance state when it is idle. By default, the C1E option is set to Enabled.

    C States Enables or disables the processor to operate in all available power states. By default, the C States option is set to Enabled.

    Collaborative CPU Performance Control

    Enables or disables the CPU power management. When set to Enabled, the CPU power management is controlled by the OS DBPM and the System DBPM (DAPC). By default, the option is set to Disabled.

    Memory Patrol Scrub Sets the memory patrol scrub frequency. By default, the Memory Patrol Scrub option is set to Standard.

    Memory Refresh Rate Sets the memory refresh rate to either 1x or 2x. By default, the Memory Refresh Rate option is set to 1x.

    Uncore Frequency Enables you to select the Processor Uncore Frequency.

    Dynamic mode allows the processor to optimize power resources across the cores and uncore during runtime. The optimization of the uncore

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    frequency to either save power or optimize performance is influenced by the setting of the Energy Efficiency Policy.

    Energy Efficient Policy Enables you to select the Energy Efficient Policy.

    The CPU uses the setting to manipulate the internal behavior of the processor and determines whether to target higher performance or better power savings.

    Number of Turbo Boot Enabled Cores for Processor 1

    NOTE: If there are two processors installed in the system, you see an entry for Number of Turbo Boost Enabled Cores for Processor 2.

    Controls the number of turbo boost enabled cores for processor 1. By default, the maximum number of cores is enabled.

    Monitor/Mwait Enables the Monitor/Mwait instructions in the processor. By default, the Monitor/Mwait option is set to Enabled for all system profiles, except Custom.

    NOTE: This option can be disabled only if the C States option in Custom mode is set to disabled.

    NOTE: When C States set to Enabled in Custom mode, changing the Monitor/Mwait setting does not impact system power/performance.

    System Security Settings screen

    You can use the System Security screen to perform specific functions such as setting the system password, setup password and disabling the power button.To view the System Security screen, click System Setup Main Menu System BIOS System Security Settings.

    Menu Item Description

    Intel AES-NI Improves the speed of applications by performing encryption and decryption using the Advanced Encryption Standard Instruction Set and is set to Enabled by default.

    System Password Sets the system password. This option is set to Enabled by default and is read-only if the password jumper is not installed in the system.

    Setup Password Sets the setup password. This option is read-only if the password jumper is not installed in the system.

    Password Status Locks the system password. By default, the Password Status option is set to Unlocked.

    Intel TXT Enables or disables the Intel Trusted Execution Technology (TXT). To enable Intel TXT, Virtualization Technology must be enabled and TPM Security must be Enabled with Pre-boot measurements. By default, the Intel TXT option is set to Off.

    Power Button Enables or disables the power button on the front of the system. By default, the Power Button option is set to Enabled.

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    NMI Button Enables or disables the NMI button on the front of the system. By default, the NMI Button option is set to Disabled.

    AC Power Recovery Sets how the system reacts after AC power is restored to the system. By default, the AC Power Recovery option is set to Last.

    AC Power Recovery Delay Sets how the system supports staggering of power up after AC power is restored to the system. By default, the AC Power Recovery Delay option is set to Immediate.

    User Defined Delay (60s to 240s)

    Sets the User Defined Delay when the User Defined option for AC Power Recovery Delay is selected.

    UEFI Variable Access Provides varying degrees of securing UEFI variables. When set to Standard (the default), UEFI variables are accessible in the Operating System per the UEFI specification. When set to Controlled, selected UEFI variables are protected in the environment and new UEFI boot entries are forced to be at the end of the current boot order.

    Secure Boot Enables Secure Boot, where the BIOS authenticates each pre-boot image using the certificates in the Secure Boot Policy. Secure Boot is disabled by default.

    Secure Boot Policy When Secure Boot policy is set to Standard, the BIOS uses the system manufacturers key and certificates to authenticate pre-boot images. When Secure Boot policy is set to Custom, the BIOS uses the user-defined key and certificates. Secure Boot policy is set to Standard by default.

    Secure Boot Policy Summary

    Displays the list of certificates and hashes that secure boot uses to authenticate images.

    Secure Boot Custom Policy Settings screen

    Secure Boot Custom Policy Settings is displayed only when Secure Boot Policy is set to Custom.In the System Setup Main Menu, click System BIOS System Security Secure Boot Custom Policy Settings. The Secure Boot Custom Policy Settings screen details are explained as follows:

    Menu Item Description

    Platform Key Imports, exports, deletes, or restores the platform key (PK).

    Key Exchange Key Database Enables you to import, export, delete, or restore entries in the Key Exchange Key (KEK) Database.

    Authorized Signature Database Imports, exports, deletes, or restores entries in the Authorized Signature Database (db).

    Forbidden Signature Database Imports, exports, deletes, or restores entries in the Forbidden Signature Database (dbx).

    Miscellaneous Settings screen

    You can use the Miscellaneous Settings screen to perform specific functions such as updating the asset tag, and changing the system date and time.To view the Miscellaneous Settings click System Setup Main Menu System BIOS Miscellaneous Settings.

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    System Time Enables you to set the time on the system.

    System Date Enables you to set the date on the system.

    Asset Tag Displays the asset tag and enables you to modify it for security and tracking purposes.

    Keyboard NumLock Enables you to set whether the system boots with the NumLock enabled or disabled. By default the Keyboard NumLock is set to On.

    NOTE: This option does not apply to 84-key keyboards.

    F1/F2 Prompt on Error Enables or disables the F1/F2 prompt on error. By default, F1/F2 Prompt on Error is set to Enabled. The F1/F2 prompt also includes keyboard errors.

    Load Legacy Video Option ROM

    Enables you to determine whether the system BIOS loads the legacy video (INT 10H) option ROM from the video controller. Selecting Enabled in the operating system does not support UEFI video output standards. This field is only for UEFI boot mode. You cannot set this to Enabled if UEFI Secure Boot mode is enabled.

    About Boot ManagerBoot Manager enables you to add, delete, and arrange boot options. You can also access System Setup and boot options without restarting the system.

    Entering Boot Manager

    The Boot Manager screen enables you to select boot options and diagnostic utilities.

    1. Turn on, or restart your system.

    2. Press F11 when you see the message F11 = Boot Manager.If your operating system begins to load before you press F11, allow the system to finish booting, and then restart your system and try again.

    Boot Manager main menu

    Menu Item Description

    Continue Normal Boot The system attempts to boot to devices starting with the first item in the boot order. If the boot attempt fails, the system continues with the next item in the boot order until the boot is successful or no more boot options are found.

    One Shot Boot Menu Takes you to the boot menu, where you can select a one time boot device to boot from.

    Launch System Setup Enables you to access System Setup.

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    Launch Lifecycle Controller Exits the Boot Manager and invokes the Lifecycle Controller program.

    System Utilities Launches System Utilities menu such as System Diagnostics and UEFI shell.

    About Dell Lifecycle ControllerDell Lifecycle Controller allows you to perform tasks such as configuring BIOS and hardware settings, deploying an operating system, updating drivers, changing RAID settings, and saving hardware profiles. For more information about Dell Lifecycle Controller, see the documentation at Dell.com/esmmanuals.

    Changing the boot orderYou may have to change the boot order if you want to boot from a USB key or an optical drive. The following instructions may vary if you have selected BIOS for Boot Mode.

    1. From the System Setup Main Menu, click System BIOS Boot Settings.2. Click Boot Option Settings Boot Sequence.3. Use the arrow keys to select a boot device, and use the Plus (+) and Minus (-) sign keys to move the

    device down or up in the order.

    4. Click Exit, and then click Yes to save the settings on exit.

    Choosing the system boot mode

    System Setup enables you to specify one of the following boot modes for installing your operating system:

    BIOS boot mode (the default) is the standard BIOS-level boot interface.

    Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) boot mode is an enhanced 64-bit boot interface. If you have configured your system to boot to UEFI mode, it overlays the system BIOS.

    1. From the System Setup Main Menu, click Boot Settings and select Boot Mode.

    2. Select the boot mode you want the system to boot into.

    NOTE: After the system boots in the specified boot mode, proceed to install your operating system from that mode.

    CAUTION: Trying to boot the operating system from the other boot mode will cause the system to halt at startup.

    NOTE: Operating systems must be UEFI-compatible to be installed from the UEFI boot mode. DOS and 32-bit operating systems do not support UEFI and can only be installed from the BIOS boot mode.

    NOTE: For the latest information on supported operating systems, go to Dell.com/ossupport.

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  • Assigning a system and setup password

    Prerequisites

    NOTE: The password jumper enables or disables the System Password and Setup Password features..

    You can assign a new System Password and Setup Password or change an existing System Password and Setup Password only when the password jumper setting is Enabled and Password Status is Unlocked.

    If the password jumper setting is disabled, the existing System Password and Setup Password is deleted and you need not provide the system password to boot the system.

    About this taskTo assign a System Password and Setup Password, follow the steps below:

    Steps

    1. To enter System Setup, press immediately after a power-on or reboot.

    2. From the System Setup Main Menu, select System BIOS and press .

    The System BIOS screen is displayed.

    3. On the System BIOS screen, select System Security and press .

    The System Security screen is displayed.

    4. On the System Security screen, verify that Password Status is Unlocked.

    5. Select System Password, enter your system password, and press or .

    Use the following guidelines to assign the system password:

    A password can have up to 32 characters.

    The password can contain the numbers 0 through 9.

    Only the following special characters are allowed: space, (), (+), (,), (-), (.), (/), (;), ([), (\), (]), (`).

    A message prompts you to re-enter the system password.

    6. Re-enter the system password, and click OK.

    7. Select Setup Password, enter your setup password and press or .

    A message prompts you to re-enter the setup password.

    8. Re-enter the setup password, and click OK.

    9. Press to return to the System BIOS screen. Press again.

    A message prompts you to save the changes.

    NOTE: Password protection does not take effect until the system reboots.

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    System board connectors

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  • Using your system password to secure your system

    About this taskIf you have assigned a setup password, the system accepts your setup password as an alternate system password.

    Steps

    1. Turn on or reboot your system.

    2. Type your system password and press Enter.

    Next steps

    When Password Status is Locked, type the password and press when prompted at reboot.

    NOTE: If an incorrect system password is entered, the system displays a message and prompts you to re-enter your password. You have three attempts to enter the correct password. After the third unsuccessful attempt, the system displays an error message that the system has halted and must be powered down.

    Even after you shut down and restart the system, the error message is displayed until the correct password is entered.

    NOTE: You can use the Password Status option with the System Password and Setup Password options to protect your system from unauthorized changes.

    Deleting or changing an existing system password or setup password

    PrerequisitesEnsure that the Password jumper is set to enabled and the Password Status is set to Unlocked before attempting to delete or change the existing System password or Setup password. You cannot delete or change an existing System password or Setup password if the Password Status is set to Locked.

    Steps

    1. To enter System Setup, press F2 immediately after a power-on or restart.

    2. In System Setup Main Menu, select System BIOS and press Enter.

    The System BIOS screen is displayed.

    3. In the System BIOS screen, select System Security and press Enter.

    The System Security screen is displayed.

    4. In the System Security screen, verify that Password Status is set to Unlocked.

    5. Select System Password, change or delete the existing system password and press Enter or Tab.

    6. Select Setup Password, change or delete the existing setup password and press Enter or Tab.

    NOTE: If you change the System password or Setup password, a message prompts you to re-enter the new password. If you delete the System password or Setup password, a message prompts you to confirm the deletion.

    7. Press Esc to return to the System BIOS screen. Press Esc again, and a message prompts you to save the changes and exit.

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  • Operating with a setup password enabled

    If Setup Password is set to Enabled, enter the correct setup password before modifying most of the System Setup options.

    If you do not enter the correct password in three attempts, the system displays the following message:

    Invalid Password! Number of unsuccessful password attempts: System Halted! Must power down.

    Even after you shut down and restart the system, the error message is displayed until the correct password is entered. The following options are exceptions:

    If System Password is not Enabled and is not locked through the Password Status option, you can assign a system password.

    You cannot disable or change an existing system password.

    NOTE: You can use the Password Status option with the Setup Password option to protect the system password from unauthorized changes.

    Embedded system management

    The Dell Lifecycle Controller provides advanced embedded systems management throughout the servers lifecycle. The Lifecycle Controller can be started during the boot sequence and can function independently of the operating system.

    NOTE: Certain platform configurations may not support the full set of features provided by the Lifecycle Controller.

    For more information about setting up the Lifecycle Controller, configuring hardware and firmware, and deploying the operating system, see the Lifecycle Controller documentation at Dell.com/support/home.

    iDRAC Settings utility

    The iDRAC Settings utility is an interface to set up and configure the iDRAC parameters using UEFI. You can enable or disable various iDRAC parameters using the iDRAC Settings Utility.

    NOTE: Accessing some of the features on the iDRAC Settings utility requires the iDRAC Enterprise License upgrade.

    For more information on using iDRAC, see the iDRAC User's Guide at dell.com/esmmanuals.

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